Adam’s Fun Facts: American Currency, Essential Oils, Oldest U.S. Ally & More!

by Adam Alexander
How did essential oils get their name? 80% of all American currency is in what denomination? Who is America’s oldest ally? All that and more with Adam’s Fun Facts:
1. Bobby Pearce from Australia won the gold medal in men’s single sculls rowing at the 1928 Summer Olympics even though he paused during the competition to let a family of ducks swim past him. (Wikipedia)

2. Essential oils get their name because they contain the “essence” of a plant’s smell . . . not because they’re crucial or vital in any way. (Wikipedia)

3. It would be possible to win the U.S. presidential election with just 22% of the popular vote!  A candidate would need to win the 39 smallest states and Washington D.C. to have enough electoral votes to win. (Square Free)

4. Of all the American currency in the world, about 80% is in $100 bills for a total of about $1 trillion. (Planet Money)

5. America’s oldest ally is Morocco!   It became the first nation to recognize the U.S., in December of 1777 and we’ve had an unbroken treaty with them ever since. (Wikipedia)

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